“For others, freaks and weirdos: Alien pop, kink and queerness in the work of Annie Clark” - LGBTQ+ music study group symposium, Maynooth University, Ireland

Rogerson-Berry, Megan (2018) “For others, freaks and weirdos: Alien pop, kink and queerness in the work of Annie Clark” - LGBTQ+ music study group symposium, Maynooth University, Ireland. "Queerness, Voice, Embodiment", Waikato, 20-21 April, 2018. (Unpublished)

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“I’d like to extend a special welcome to the others, freaks and weirdos here” (Hennessy, 2014). With this greeting, offered on her Digital Witness tour in 2014, Annie Clark (St. Vincent) acknowledges queerness and otherness as key identity markers amongst her audience. Queerness is also present in the musical texts and performance style of Annie Clark. This is most striking in her creation of what she terms “alien pop” music – concurrently dissonant and highly catchy, music/songs that have “melodies and are memorable, but also are infused with an oddball sensibility” (Clark, BBC Breakfast, 2015). Additionally, Clark’s MASSEDUCTION album and accompanying performances contain references to BDSM and kink, and these themes toy with notions of power and resistance to heteronormativity. As Clark stated in an interview with The New Yorker in August 2017; “I’m queer…, [but] the goal is to be free of heteronormativity. I’m queer, but queer more as an outlook” (Clark, quoted in Paumgarten, 2017). This paper explores the ways in which Clark subverts and resists stereotypical gender identities, and queer’s notions of normativity through her use of electric guitar, songwriting and arrangements, and performance/music videos, specifically on her 2017 MASSEDUCTION album.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:conference Paper, Gender, Popular Music, Queer Theory
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:6417
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